What to know about the Frankfurt Book Fair
By TOI Staff October 19, 2022 Update on : October 19, 2022
A large number of national and international publishing houses have presented their new titles at the Frankfurt Book Fair. It is the world’s largest trade fair for books, based on the number of publishing companies.
The fair started on October 18 and will continue till October 23 of this year (2022). The international publishing sector will once more gather at the Frankfurter Buchmesse. The best-selling authors and fans of culture from all over the world come together at the exhibition site. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a symbol of tolerance, respect, and variety.
To discuss international publishing rights and license prices, thousands of exhibitors from the book publishing, multimedia, and technology industries, as well as content suppliers from around the world, assemble there.
The Frankfurter Buchmesse 2022 is centered around the topic of translation in all its facets.
The Frankfurt Book Fair, also known as the Frankfurter Buchmesse, has a tradition spanning more than 500 years. From the 12th century until the invention of printed books, handwritten books were sold at Frankfurt’s general trade fair. The fair of printers and publishers has been around for a while now, dating back to around the time Johannes Gutenberg developed printing in movable letters. The book fair became the primary venue for book marketing, but it also served as a center for the diffusion of written texts. During the Reformation, the fair was attended by merchants testing the market for new books and by scholars looking for newly available scholarship. The fair was also a place where the public could meet and discuss new ideas.
Until the end of the 17th century, the Frankfurt Book Fair was the most important book fair in Europe. The eclipse of 1632 was a result of political and cultural changes that took place during the Enlightenment. After World War II, the first book fair was held again in 1949 at St. Paul’s Church. This fair, which offered books to the public at a low cost, became an annual tradition in the city. Since then, it has regained its preeminent position in the field.
The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the world’s largest trade fair for books, based both on the number of publishing companies represented and the number of visitors. Due to the international deals and trading, the fair has become one of the most significant book fairs in the world.
Visitors, particularly authors, publishers, translators, academics, librarians, and booksellers, congregate to learn about new trends and the state of the global book market.
The book fair is organized by Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH, a subsidiary of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association. The Peace Prize of the German Book Trade has been awarded at the fair each year since 1950 during a ceremony in the Frankfurter Paulskirche.